On Thursday 30th November the Shared Education cross country event took place in St Patrick’s Grammar School playing fields. Over 480 students participated in the event, from first year to fifth year. Schools were represented from Armagh, Monaghan, Down and Tyrone. This highlights the magnitude of the event and without the shared education programme we would not have been able to run an event of such size and success.
The event ran smoothly on the day but it was the upmost consideration of all involved in the planning and preparations in the weeks leading up to the event that made it a success. The event was a shared education event as we encompassed students not only from our consortium class with St. Catherine’s college but also had assistance from the Royal School Armagh (RSA) on the day. Also, as mentioned above, 480 runners participated in the event from many schools.
I cannot stress enough how vital the shared education scheme benefited our event by providing financial aid and support throughout the entire event. An extension of this gratitude is also outreached to the ABCB council as they too provided tremendous support, aid and guidance for the event.
Furthermore, the event provided an insight into the working world and the importance of cross community relations for all students. The experience and friendships gained were unique and invaluable! I hope future A Level PE classes get the opportunity to organise a similar event with other schools as I know they too will develop their social, interpersonal and organisational skills. This experience, like ours, will benefit them greatly in everyday life!
A Level Physical Education class
St Patrick’s Grammar School